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Good morning, Epic GeniusEdit

Hey there. Sorry for coming back late, as I've been busy in life nowadays. Just wanted to inform you that I plan on asking for a standard offer sometime next month or so. Also, I need to ask if you can please tell Kew Gardens aka Union Tpke to come here so that he and I can contact one another. Or you can please tell him to contact me at "Your MTA Wiki". I'm known as RollOver at both NYCT Forums and Your MTA Wiki. I really got to inform Kew Gardens aka Union Tpke about some member on NYCTF that repeatedly keeps downvoting his and my posts for literally no reason, so I wonder if he can send that person a private message and telling that person to knock it off. Thanks. JoesphBarbaro (talk) 11:06, 15 April 2016 (UTC)

@JoesphBarbaro: Sure, no problem. It's good to hear from you again. epicgenius (talk) 15:00, 15 April 2016 (UTC)

Category:Buses of MTA Regional Bus OperationsEdit

Did you just move ~1000 images as a result of a cosmetic category change without prior discussion? Seriously? Also, as if that wasn't enough, you moved the category from a Commons standard-compliant version (Buses of […]) to a somewhat strange style choice of yours. Sigh. What was it that you intended to clarify anyway? That the buses may no longer be owned or operated by MTA Regional Bus Operations? That's fairly obvious and applies to all of the thousands of Buses of […] categories on Commons.    FDMS  4    21:33, 31 May 2016 (UTC)

@FDMS4: I apologize if I moved to the wrong title. But the corresponding Wikipedia page is at MTA Regional Bus Operations bus fleet with the redirect under Buses of MTA Regional Bus Operations. So naturally I synchronized the Commons category. It has nothing to do with ownership, but now that I think about it, that can be a problem since this covers the buses of MTA Bus as well as of MTA New York City Bus. So yes, I am serious about this, and I intend to move it back later. epicgenius (talk) 21:46, 31 May 2016 (UTC)
Thanks – as far as I know there's a fundamental difference in category naming on Commons and Wikipedia with regards to of vs. appending (Category:People of the United Statesw:Category:American people). Happy to hear category restructuring ideas.    FDMS  4    22:05, 31 May 2016 (UTC)
@FDMS4: Sure, I think what we can do is create redirects to the category from the Wikipedia title (e.g. Category:American people should redirect to Category:People of the United States) so w:Template:Commonscat on any Wikipedia does not redirect to a redlink category. Just a suggestion, though. epicgenius (talk) 21:42, 1 June 2016 (UTC)
Thankfully, the (English) Wikipedia Commonscat template now uses Wikidata to determine where to link to when no Commons category name is set. I'm generally fine with such redirects as well, as long as Commons doesn't have to curate (in this case) 120 of them   FDMS  4    22:21, 1 June 2016 (UTC)
@FDMS4: OK, so I guess there is no problem with the commons categories then. Thank you for your help, anyway. epicgenius (talk) 00:30, 2 June 2016 (UTC)

48th Street Bridge ReconstructionEdit

I created Category:48th Street Bridge Reconstruction (Sunnyside, Queens) back in April 2016. You do know you could've sent many of the recent pictures you uploaded there, right? ----DanTD (talk) 22:17, 14 August 2016 (UTC)

@DanTD: Sorry, I didn't know the category existed. My mistake. epicgenius (talk) 22:20, 14 August 2016 (UTC)

Metrorail stationsEdit

For quite some time now I wanted to ask you why you've moved most Metrorail station categories from names like Historic Overtown/Lyric Theatre metro station to Historic Overtown/Lyric Theatre (Metrorail station). The latter appears to be common only for some US train stations, while appending the type to the name is AFAIK considered a Commons-wide general standard (at least for Europe). Ethymologically, putting the type in disambiguation brackets IMO doesn't make a lot of sense since for example there is only one subject called Historic Overtown/Lyric Theatre, meaning that the (Metrorail station) disambig should strictly speaking be removed, thereby rendering the category title almost meaningless. Again, I would have appreciated being given the opportunity to discuss this beforehand.    FDMS  4    18:27, 13 October 2016 (UTC)

@FDMS4: I think you should see Commons:USSTATION and the contentiousness over it. It involves suffixes of US rail stations' articles. Some want to simplify to "XXX Station" or "XXX station", while others want it kept as "XXX (YY system station)". I disagree with this Project:USSTATION somewhat, but it's apparently what enwiki community wants. As for Commons, I thought the commonscats should be similar to the enwiki and other wikis' article titles, to make it less confusing. (I just noticed now that the Metrorail stations' articles were moved some time ago, though.) epicgenius (talk) 18:32, 13 October 2016 (UTC)
Nope, see my comment from 2016-05-31 22:05. Any objections to moving them back to the names with the metro station suffix? Personally, I don't find station alone to be descriptive enough (what if there is a filling station at the same location?).    FDMS  4    18:38, 13 October 2016 (UTC)
I don't know. Is there any notable filling station with that name on Commons? We can get to further disambiguation among metros, locations, etc. if "station" proves to be ambiguous and there are two or more "stations" of any type with the same name at the same location. If the Historic Overtown/Lyric Theatre metro station is the only station that has a Commons category, it can be called "Category:Historic Overtown/Lyric Theatre station". epicgenius (talk) 18:44, 13 October 2016 (UTC)
Actually, a common scenario is suburban/regional/intercity rail or bus stations using the same name. Also, as I'm only realising now, solely using station would probably conflict with Commons' longstanding practice of using the terms train station and for GBR railway station (or sometimes unfortunately a local-language equivalent thereof).    FDMS  4    19:35, 13 October 2016 (UTC)
It's not that common for metro stations to all share the same name as bus stations, though, unless they run parallel. But if it's Commons practice, then "metro station" is fine. epicgenius (talk) 19:42, 13 October 2016 (UTC)

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Category:Eiffel_Tower_illuminated_as_a_memorial_to_the_November_2015_Paris_attacksEdit

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Category:207th Street (IND Eighth Avenue line)Edit

Please cite a reliable source (i.e. from the MTA) for "Inwood" being an official part of this station's name. If you cannot do so, please do not move the cat again. Beyond My Ken (talk) 18:43, 19 April 2017 (UTC)

Sure. Look at the official subway map. Please do not move the cat like you just did with your botched cut and paste move, which I'll be reverting. epicgenius (talk) 19:31, 19 April 2017 (UTC)
Also, please refer to the official list of subway stations. There is an entry for "Inwood - 207 St" on the "IND,8th Av - Fulton St" line since "Inwood" is part of the MTA's official name for the station. epicgenius (talk) 19:36, 19 April 2017 (UTC)
Ah, it wasn;t a "botched cut-and-paste move" it was a standard move using cat-a-lot. Beyond My Ken (talk) 02:55, 20 April 2017 (UTC)
I see. Sorry for the confusion. The categories were just cut and pasted, so that's what I meant. epicgenius (talk) 12:08, 20 April 2017 (UTC)

Category RemovingEdit

I don't understand why I can't remove a category from an image if their are numerous other categories for the same image. The Buses of MTA Regional Operations has alot of images that don't belong. I thought that any user could remove categories as long as there was at least one category for each picture. I don't know why the removal of one or two categories was undid despite the clutter in the category.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Olsen24 (talk • contribs) 21:35, 30 April 2017 (UTC)
Replied on Olsen24's talk page. epicgenius (talk) 22:22, 30 April 2017 (UTC)

Your VFC installation method is deprecatedEdit

Hello Epicgenius, we are aware that using the old installation method of VFC (via common.js, which you are using) may not work reliably anymore and can break other scripts as well. A detailed explanation can be found here. Important: To prevent problems please remove the old VFC installation code from your common.js and instead enable the VFC gadget in your preferences. Thanks! --VFC devs (q) 16:23, 22 May 2017 (UTC)

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  • I have fixed it. Vcohen (talk) 09:58, 7 February 2018 (UTC)

SVGsEdit

Hi, I noticed in some of your BSicon uploads there are groups with no attributes, title elements like <title>Layer 1</title>, and IDs like id="svg_2". If you're using Inkscape or similar to draw the files, you should just remove those from the source code before you upload the files. Thanks, Jc86035 (talk) 09:13, 21 February 2018 (UTC)

@Jc86035: Thank you for the note. I will include these elements for all my subsequent SVG uploads. Is there a specific reason why <title>"Layer 1"</title>, id="svg_2", etc. are discouraged? epicgenius 15:18, 21 February 2018 (UTC)
Mostly because they don't mean anything. There's no specific technical need to make BSicons as compact as reasonably possible, but it helps with editing their code. (I usually also re-order all the attributes to a semi-standard order; convert Windows line breaks (CR+LF) to Unix line breaks (LF); and remove spaces before />, though this isn't strictly necessary and no one ever asked me to do it.) Jc86035 (talk) 15:25, 21 February 2018 (UTC)
@Jc86035: I see. So should I just remove these elements, then? epicgenius 15:27, 21 February 2018 (UTC)
Yeah, just remove things that doesn't have a practical purpose (though useful/"correct" things like the UTF-8 declaration, indentation, and the main <title> should be kept, I think). Jc86035 (talk) 15:43, 21 February 2018 (UTC)
OK, thanks. epicgenius 15:45, 21 February 2018 (UTC)

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MTA Regional Bus Routes by boroughEdit

Was there any discussion on splitting off the Category:MTA Regional Bus routes category by borough? Because I'm really glad you did this. My only question is, why are you removing additional borough categories for buses that run through two of them? ----DanTD (talk) 13:25, 26 September 2018 (UTC)

@DanTD: There wasn't really a formal discussion. I just decided to split off the routes by borough because the parent category was too long to navigate. Thanks, by the way.
As for removing additional borough categories, I wasn't sure if the routes should only be categorized based on its prefix, like on Wikipedia. For instance, the M60 route has a significant portion in Queens, but has an M-prefix and is only listed on the List of bus routes in Manhattan article. epicgenius (talk) 13:28, 26 September 2018 (UTC)
Ahh, but at the same time, the Bx7 only has a single image, and it's in Marble Hill. That really should be filled up with some Bronx images, but either way it makes more sense to me that the M60 should have the additional Queens category, even though it's only added on the List of bus routes in Manhattan article. ----DanTD (talk) 13:36, 26 September 2018 (UTC)
@DanTD: Sounds good to me. I was more concerned about the number of routes that run through Brooklyn and Queens, which is really high. epicgenius (talk) 13:38, 26 September 2018 (UTC)
Queens especially. Yikes! I don't want to defeat the purpose of the split, but I'd still like to make sure the categories reflect the true nature of the way things are. ----DanTD (talk) 13:55, 26 September 2018 (UTC)
@DanTD: OK. I guess you can add the other categories if you'd like, but I'm not sure about categories like Category:Q58 (New York City bus), which runs for less than 200 feet in Brooklyn. epicgenius (talk) 23:29, 26 September 2018 (UTC)

grange imageEdit

Re: the picture of the Brooklyn Grange you just reverted, it was actually nominated for deletion once before for the same reason. See Commons:Deletion requests/File:Brooklyn Grange Rooftop at Brooklyn Navy Yard 2.jpg. Didn't notice a new [self-defeating] image had been uploaded to circumvent that. — Rhododendrites talk |  20:43, 23 October 2018 (UTC)

@Rhododendrites: Yeah. I actually just saw it today while uploading my images of the Brooklyn Navy Yard (I'm Ryan Ng on Flickr). At first I thought it should be deleted if the management wanted it to be deleted, but then I saw the deletion discussion had been closed as keep, and then this "Location owner requested removal" image had been uploaded in its place. Worse, it was actually displayed on the Brooklyn Grange article on Wikipedia for six months, so when I saw it on Wikipedia at first, I thought there was something wrong with the internet. epicgenius (talk) 20:48, 23 October 2018 (UTC)
Gah. I tend to be sympathetic when an article subject requests removing an image. In this case, it had been a while and there was at least one instance of it being used based on the free license. Also, it's OHNY! The default is that photography is allowed except when stated explicitly in the guide. The Grange even participated again in 2018 with no such caveat.
Out of curiosity, why do you upload to Flickr first, then transfer? I suppose it's just easier that way with Flickr2Commons? — Rhododendrites talk |  21:03, 23 October 2018 (UTC)
@Rhododendrites: For the removal, that was I was thinking too. Since the image was already being used and the request was several months after the upload, the image doesn't qualify for any speedy deletion, and any removal request would be very hard unless the image actually poses harm.
And in regards to Flickr, the Wikimedia Commons uploader has a limit of 50 files at a time. With Flickr, I can mass-upload using Flickr2Commons. epicgenius (talk) 21:11, 23 October 2018 (UTC)

Stationary FiguresEdit

Heya,

I was happy but surprised to see Category:Stationary Figures. I don't know the background for these -- has the artist released them into a public domain/with a free license?

(Haven't been back to Industry City lately, but still plan to take a few pics next time I'm there). — Rhododendrites talk |  21:02, 10 January 2019 (UTC)

@Rhododendrites: I'm not sure. I think it's not copyrighted if the artwork is surrounded by the context of something else, e.g. File:23 St-6 Av after ESI Dec 2018 29.jpg. There are three files that I'm not sure about.
Regarding Industry City: it's fine. There's no rush for the images. epicgenius (talk) 01:12, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
For context, I was looking through some local users' contributions, putting together a slideshow of NYC photography by Commons users for Wikiday. I did notice there are several examples of public art caught up in your uploads. Someone with the time and inclination to be more fastidious will likely nominate some of them for deletion. The idea of something being ok because it's part of a larger, more important scene is de minimis. Basically, if an image would be equally valuable without the copyrighted work, and as long as the copyrighted work isn't prominent within the image. The one you've linked is in the gray area. Something like File:23 St-6 Av after ESI Dec 2018 30.jpg would just be a straightforward copyvio if the depicted image isn't documented as public domain or otherwise freely licensed. Do with this information what you will. :) Unfortunately, the US doesn't have a freedom of panorama that covers public art -- just buildings. — Rhododendrites talk |  02:15, 11 January 2019 (UTC)
@Rhododendrites: Yeah, that's what I figured  . That sucks, though that there isn't FOP with artwork. epicgenius (talk) 02:33, 11 January 2019 (UTC)

File:Gov't Shutdown (10318640505).jpgEdit

 
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